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Dinosaur appears at Museum

Brachiosaurus installation at Qld Museum.  Source: Brisbane Times  Photo: Scott Beveridge.

Kim Stephens, New dinosaur installed at Queensland Museum, Brisbane Times, 27 February 2015

He’s 10 metres high and weighs 1.3 tonnes.

But according to the Queensland Museum, this brachiosaurus is just a baby.

Approximately 150 million years after they roamed the earth, one of the prehistoric herbivores – or at least a steel and latex model of one – has found a home at the corner of Grey and Melbourne streets in South Bank.

But it was no easy task getting him there.

Operation Move Brachiosaurus commenced pre-dawn on Friday, with the monster being erected in four parts over four hours, with the aid of heavy machinery.

The work, which began with the legs, caught the attention of many fascinated passersby.

Queensland Museum chief executive Suzanne Miller said the baby Brachiosaurus would remain in place until October to promote a new animatronic dinosaur exhibition opening at the museum.

Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous opens on March 27.

“It’s all animatronic and there will be everything from the well known T-Rex to some beautiful, lesser known Australian dinosaurs, and of course we’ve got the real fossils of those for people to see too,” she said.

Ms Miller said so far the model brachiosaurus remained nameless.

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